Wait should I look it over? Hmm, can I get a better deal? Should I counter or just shut up and take the deal?
The above concerns are valid. You want the job and you want to get the best deal. But what you don’t want is to look demanding or cheap and you haven’t even got your foot through the door.
Naturally, it’s difficult to negotiate a job offer when the offer is non-negotiable and the salary is set for the position. When there is an opportunity for negotiations there are ways to get what you want without looking petty and leaving a bad impression. For example, you look at the job offer and think you can get more. Something like the following will get your point across without looking bad.
“Thank you for the generous offer, I’m trying to make this work and I want to work here and be a part of the team, but my concern is the salary.
I need to handle my financial obligations and work here stress-free and focus my efforts on the job. I want to give it “my all.” I want to put all my focus and efforts on my job duties not worry about my financial obligations.
In the eyes of many people, the above is a reasonable request.
There are many ways to have a win-win outcome for job negotiations. See the resources included below organized in sections for your convenience.
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